Grateful Dead – Crimson, White and Indigo

January 01, 1970

(Grateful Dead/Rhino)


Nearly two decades removed from their heyday, the Grateful
Dead experienced a surprising resurgence from 1989-90 playing some of their strongest
shows in years. Red, White & Indigo, which
immortalizes a complete concert recorded in Philadelphia on July 7, 1989, is another
chronicle of this creative rebirth. Even during a strong tour, this was a good
night. The song selection is solid and the band is tight and energetic, with
Jerry Garcia’s guitar work really standing out. (When keyboardist Brent
Mydland’s contribution is enjoyable, rather than occasion for a bathroom break,
you know you’ve found a good show.) And as with most Rhino remasters, it sounds


The big question then becomes: who exactly is this set for?
Deadheads probably have dozens of shows like this – at least four other
multi-CD sets from this period are available in stores – although they’re sure
to appreciate the clear sound and perfect mix of this one. But this probably
isn’t the place you’d go to convert the uninitiated or the casual fan. For
that, I’d look to last year’s Rhino reissue from Hartford 1977 (To Terrapin) or the top-notch Road
series available through the band’s website. (The newest set from
Austin 1971 absolutely smokes). But sometimes there’s nothing wrong with too
much of a good thing.


Standout Tracks: “Scarlet Begonias/Fire on the Mountain” “Let It Grow” HAL BIENSTOCK



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